Regulatory/Compliance resources associated with the Online Poker Industry
Luckily, we don't live in a Police State and playing poker at home between friends is perfectly fine. You can even stake a bit of money. Importantly, the participants must be your legitimate guests or friends and you cannot invite members of the public to join in. The Act does not define who your friends are...
In the past few years, Germany has taken one of the strictest stances in Europe on online gaming (including online poker) by completely prohibiting it and imposing steep penalties for non compliance. In this article I will outline what the legislation is currently and how it is likely to change in the near future.